10-03-2013, 02:42 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Downtown Hoops Dojo
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Last Wednesday started as a typical day in the sports medicine classroom at Valencia High School.
Students were busy tending to student athletes, applying ice packs, helping with stretches and taping joints.
But then basketball head coach Rocket Collins burst into the room with startling news: a basketball player, Chibuzo Ikonte, had collapsed and lost consciousness after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest.
A trio of students sprang to action.
Their efforts have been credited with saving Ikonte’s life.
Nick Cromidas, a member of the basketball team and a student in the sports medicine program, was near the court when Ikonte collapsed.
“We had a couple of teammates who were sitting with him who called me over because they knew I was in the program,” Cromidas recalled Tuesday. “He was having trouble breathing and then he suddenly just collapsed.”
Cromidas began administering CPR in the form of chest compressions while Collins ran to get more help.
Back in the sports medicine classroom, senior Michael Monteleone was busy with his usual work: helping get student-athletes ready for practice.
“Coach Rocket came into the room and said, ‘I have an athlete down with chest pain,’” Monteleone said. “My first thought was, ‘Is this for real?’”
Monteleone grabbed an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, and rushed to the gym to see what he could do.
“When I got there, he was laying on the ground unconscious with no pulse,” Monteleone said.
Monteleone’s sudden departure from the room caught the attention of another senior, Colton Morgan.
“I was just helping with rehab and then Michael runs to get the AED machine so I thought something was up,” Morgan said. “I followed him into the gym and we noticed that a player had collapsed, so we rushed over to him.”
With Cromidas still administering CPR, Monteleone and Morgan began hooking up the AED to try to jump-start Ikonte’s heart.
Aided by CPR and the AED, Ikonte was brought back to consciousness before paramedics arrived.
“With the help of my two other classmates we helped him get back,” Cromidas said.